Technology has become integral in so many different aspects of our lives, from our home security to our health and well-being, and even the way we read the news and engage with others. Even our homes are being automated and improved with technology.
It’s also a magnificent way to help with your job search in order to make sure you find the job that will make you the happiest and allow you to grow in the field you are in.
There are several ways that technology can help your job search. Here are five different ways you should try incorporating more technology into the way you present yourself to employers online.
1. Use job listing sites
One major way technology has changed the process of looking for jobs is that we are now able to search for what kinds of job we want without the help of a headhunter, agency, or having to look through print ads. There are several job listing sites that allow for you to look for the kind of job that is best for you, regardless of the field. It even allows for you to look for work-from-home jobs, contract, or full-time jobs.
There are many perks to being able to send resumes electronically, such as being able to apply to more jobs quickly.
There is a drawback, though. The ease of application makes it increasingly likely that your application will get lost in the shuffle on huge sites like Monster and Indeed. It’s a good idea to localize your search to hit a smaller field of applicants. For example, if you live in New York City, it’s a good idea to try New York Jobs. Other cities and towns have localized job sites, you just have to do a little digging.
2. Use social media to create a presence
Another huge way that tech has changed the job search game is that you are able to create a profiles on different platforms and mold your own online reputation. This way, your future employer can get more of a feel of your personality and your job experience before ever stepping foot into an office.
This is great because you can really show off your skills, but also need to be careful not to post anything inappropriate online that can give your future employer an unfavorable view of you.
3. Establish a LinkedIn profile
This is pretty much an online profile of all of your professional experience, as well as skills and extracurricular activities.
It’s like having your resume online, but it’s also nice because you can network with other people in your field. It’s pretty much a Facebook for professionals and allows you to make smart business relationships and also find job openings in your field.
Most professionals know about or use LinkedIn, but they’re also not using optimally. Not all LinkedIn profiles are created equal, and there are so many ways you can make yours stand out above the rest.
4. Create a blog or portfolio
If you specialize in a certain field, like writing or web design, you can either create a blog or a portfolio to showcase your work.
This can be in the form of articles, graphic design work, photographs, and any other kind of product you create that you would like to show your future employer. This will make you stand out among other candidates for the job you’re applying for, and show your potential employer what skills you can offer his or her company.
A good way to do this is to create it in Google Drive so you can easily attach it to any application.
5. Use video chat to communicate with potential employers
Sometimes, employers will want to speak with you via video in order to give you more information about a job opening and to see if you are a good fit.
It’s pretty much the new wave of phone interviews, which allow for either voice-only or face-to-face interactions via the web. Make sure you have Skype downloaded just in case your employer asks to speak with you using it.
You’ll need to make an account, but it’s very easy and quick to do. The program costs nothing to use or download unless you want to invest in some of the special perks it has.